I have recently moved from Louisiana to Sumner County and I have some beautiful open space that I want to use as a veritable garden.

My question is how do I prep the space for my garden. I don't want it over grown with bermuda/weeds/grass mid summer. About half the area is dormant right now. The other half is green with weeds.

I was thinking of some smaller raised beds, line the bottom with newspaper and fill in with dirt and manure. Any other ideas?